Surgery Gives Bunions the Boot

Beth Graff loves to move fast. In fact, three years ago she carried home a bronze medal for bicycle racing in the National Senior Olympics. But bunions, a progressive disorder that deforms the bones of the big toe and foot, threatened to stop her in her tracks.

"At the end of a race, my foot would be on fire," explains Beth, a 54-year-old personal trainer and nurse. "I wanted to get rid of the bunion, but I didn't want to miss any activity."

Beth knew many active people who'd undergone bunion surgeries. Because several of those procedures had been conducted by Franciscan Medical Group's Tacoma Orthopaedic Surgeons, she chose to have her surgery performed by them, too.

The first three post-surgical days were uncomfortable, Beth recalls, but she kept her goal the racing she loves in mind. "I will be in a new age category to compete in the 2011 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships this summer, and I want to do well," she says.

Four weeks after surgery, Beth was teaching a spin (cycling) class in her cast, and 14 weeks out, she resumed teaching four or five classes a week and began preparing for that Masters race in Bend, Ore. "I intend to be good to go," she adds.

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Beth Graff
Beth Graff